2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards 2017 Exhibition, featuring the winning images opened at London's Somerset House through May 7.

2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr - 2017 Exhibition opened April 21, 2017, at London’s Somerset House. This major exhibition of the world’s finest contemporary photography is a complete celebration of the medium and runs in London until 7 May, before embarking on a worldwide tour.

The exhibition will feature the winning, shortlisted and commended work of the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards alongside rarely seen images by British photographer Martin Parr, recipient of the Awards’ Outstanding Contribution to Photography prize.

Check out our picks of the best images from the show.  Can't make it to London? We'll keep you up-to-date with new exhibit locations.

Captured by photographers from across the world, the images showcase a variety of genres including architecture, documentary, landscape, portraiture, street photography, wildlife and more. The 2017 Awards received over 227,000 entries from 183 countries and is the world’s largest photography competition. The exhibition will include all the winning, shortlisted (top 10) and commended (top 50) photographs .Zelda Cheatle, curator of the exhibition comments: “The sheer scale and diversity of imagery from around the globe is enthralling, but the depth of knowledge, the scope of ideas and the ingenuity and skill involved in each image make this an outstanding year for the Sony World Photography Awards and its exhibition.”

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, 2017 sees the 10th anniversary of the Sony World Photography Awards and a decade-long partnership with its headline sponsor, Sony. There have been more than 1 million entries to the awards since its launch in 2007. The Awards recognise and reward the very best contemporary photography captured over the last year, and incorporate four competitions - Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus.

The Awards’ judges were challenged to find the best photographic series and were taken by the beauty, scale and effort involved in Belgian photographer Frederik Buyckx’s winning work titled “Whiteout”. He received the 2017 Photographer of the Year from the organization.

© Frederik Buyckx, Belgium, Photographer Of The Year, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The winning series “Whiteout” was taken in the Balkans, Scandinavia and Central Asia, remote areas where people often live in isolation and in close contact with nature. Buyckx explains: “There is a peculiar transformation of nature when winter comes, when snow and ice start to dominate the landscape and when humans and animals have to deal with the extreme weather. The series investigates this struggle against disappearance.”

The life and work of internationally renowned photographer, Martin Parr is also honoured at the exhibition. Across three rooms, a hand-picked selection of rarely seen black and white images from Parr’s early career are exhibited together with some of the artist’s most talked about work, books and films and original exhibition posters.

Szechenyi thermal baths, Budapest, Hungary, 1997; © Martin Parr / Magnum Photos / Rocket Gallery

Martin Parr, the “chronicler of our age” is one of the best-known documentary photographers of his generation. With over 90 books of his own published, and another 30 edited by Parr, his photographic legacy is already firmly established.

Parr has been a member of the Magnum agency since 1994 and is currently the President. In 2013 Parr was appointed the visiting professor of photography at the University of Ulster. Parr’s work has been collected by many of the major museums, from the Tate, the Pompidou and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

21st April - 7th May, 2017
Somerset House, London


 © Camilo Diaz, Colombia, Winner, Open Competition, Motion, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
© Camilo Diaz, Colombia, Winner, Open Competition, Motion, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards